Arab States Weekly Review Aug 4th – 10th 2012

A suicide bombing at a funeral in the southern province of Abyan in Yemen killed at least 40 people. Yemen’s government blamed Al Qaeda for the attacks. The bombing might have been in retaliation for the killing of five Al Qaeda members by an American drone.

A group of jihadists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in an attack near the border with Gaza and Israel. Egypt later launched air strikes against suspected jihadists nearby an claimed to have killed over 20.

Fierce battles continued in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo. Syria’s prime minister Riyad Hijab defected to Jordan.

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